In many ways, moving to a new house in new location is an exciting and momentous event. It often signifies the start of a new chapter, the next adventure, and a world of new possibilities and opportunities to discover. While there are many wonderful things about moving once you’ve finally made your decision about where to go and why, there are also plenty of factors to consider prior to making that decision.

Sometimes, when people decide to move, it is not so much a location picked by preference, as it is a choice made because of a job offer that was too good to turn down, or the advantage of being close to family or other loved ones. In other cases, however, many people do make the decision to move simply because they want a change of scenery, or to experience an area of the country they’ve never lived in before, or because they simply want better weather or fewer crowded areas and less traffic.

While there can be any number of considerations that go into moving, one factor that many people often neglect is considering the effect of income and property tax rates in the cities and states to which they’re considering moving. Although often not initially considered, things like income, property, estate, and sales taxes can all have a significant effect on your overall financial picture in the long run. With that in mind, let’s take a look at ten of what are often considered to be the top LGBTQ cities in the country, and see what the tax consequences of moving to those cities might be:

  • San Francisco: The sales tax rate in San Francisco is currently 8.5%. California’s state income tax rates can range from 1% to as much as 12.3%, depending on income. California’s property taxes are generally below the national average. The average property tax rate in California is 0.77%, compared to the national rate, which is approximately 1.08%.
  • Seattle: Washington has no state income tax. The sales tax rate in Seattle is currently 10.1%. The average property tax rate in King County (the county in which Seattle is located) is 0.95%. It’s also the county with the state’s highest median annual property tax payment at $4,254. In Seattle generally, the total average property rate is about $8.29 per $1,000 in assessed value.
  • New York City: The sales tax rate in New York City is 8.875%. New York’s income tax rates range from 4% to 8.82%. The top tax rate is one of the highest in the United States, although only taxpayers whose taxable income exceeds $1,077,550 pay that rate. For heads of household, the threshold is $1,616,450, and for married people filing jointly, it is $2,155,350.
  • Portland: Oregon is one of the few states in the country that has no state sales tax, although counties and cities have the right to impose taxes at the local level if they choose. While Oregon has no state sales tax, it does have a personal income tax which usually ranks in the top 10 percent of the nation. Oregon has property tax rates that are close to matching up with the national averages. The effective property tax rate in Oregon is currently 1.04%.
  • Los Angeles: The sales tax rate in Los Angeles is currently 9.5%. California’s state income tax rates can range from 1% to as much as 12.3%, depending on income. California’s property taxes are generally below the national average. The average property tax rate in California is 0.77%, compared to the national rate, which is approximately 1.08%.
  • Palm Springs: The sales tax rate in Palm Springs is currently 9.25%. California’s state income tax rates can range from 1% to as much as 12.3%, depending on income. California’s property taxes are generally below the national average. The average property tax rate in California is 0.77%, compared to the national rate, which is approximately 1.08%.
  • San Diego: The sales tax rate in San Diego is currently 7.75%. California’s state income tax rates can range from 1% to as much as 12.3%, depending on income. California’s property taxes are generally below the national average. The average property tax rate in California is 0.77%, compared to the national rate, which is approximately 1.08%.
  • Provincetown: The sales tax rate in Provincetown is 6.25%. As of last year, the property tax rate in Provincetown was $6.62 per thousand dollars of assessed value of the property. The income tax rate in Massachusetts is 5.05%, and that rate applies equally to all taxable income.
  • Key West: Florida has no state income tax. The current sales tax rate in Key West is 7.5%. Florida’s average effective property tax rate is 0.98%, which is slightly lower than the U.S. average of 1.08%. The typical homeowner in Florida pays $1,752 annually in property taxes, although that amount varies greatly between counties.
  • Chicago: The sales tax rate in Chicago is 10.25%. In Illinois, the personal income tax rate was 4.95% as of the 2019 tax year. The state of Illinois has the second highest property tax rate in the country, and the statewide average effective tax rate is 2.31%, which is nearly double the national average. The typical homeowner in Illinois pays around $4,157 annually in property taxes.

Certainly, the tax consequences of moving to one city over another are only a small part of the overall picture that you should consider as you try to determine what might be the next place that is most ideal for you to call home. After all, even if one city might have distinct advantages from a tax perspective, there might be numerous other advantages to a city you truly love and want to live in that you simply can’t put a price on. Whatever your decision may be, moving to a different city is not an easy task, you should really think about hiring long distance movers to help you with the process.

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